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He used charm, others’ personal tragedies and fake celebrity endorsements. How Christopher LaVoie cast his reality show and reeled in successful entrepreneurs.

“There were a lot of big brands that were making TV ads and endorsing people, which I thought was really cool. I thought it was really interesting that they were making all the TV ads, like Vogue, New York Times, all kinds of big companies that were endorsing the show. And I thought that was really smart.”

Seth MacFarlane is no celebrity, but his work on “Family Guy” has drawn legions of fans, including this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner.

“It was the first-ever President’s Ball and we had a lot of people that wanted to be on “The Tonight Show.” My wife was an anchor on the show. My kids had actually gone from being in the third grade to being in the sixth grade. They came to the White House Correspondents Dinner and that’s really when I got introduced to ‘The Tonight Show.’ I was really happy just to be in the room.”

In this week’s show, I’ll be speaking with Tim Allen, the Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian and producer. He’s probably best known for his roles on “Home Improvement,” “The Simpsons” and “The Life of the Party.” I’ll also look at his appearance on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1980s and how he was able to rise to prominence on “The Late, Late Show” and has continued to perform stand-up comedy during his career.

The late Steve Martin grew up in a small town of West Virginia. As he tells his story, I’ll discuss how he rose to stardom on his own as a comedian, and why he now resides in West Virginia with the rest of the country’s working class. Then, I’ll examine his impact on the late-night comedy landscape, and why he had a particular impact on David Letterman, who’s now a close friend.

Finally, the story of another small town hero, the late Bob Hope. I’ll be looking at the impact he had on the world of entertainment, from his days as an actor, through the film and television industries, and his later work as a community activist.

I’m joined onstage by our panel

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